Seaspan Shipyards – CEO update to employees – May 1

Planning for a return to the office

Team –

As we enter a new month – the third in a COVID-19 climate – we are starting to think ahead to how and when Seaspan employees can safely return to our offices to work. While great progress has been made to flatten the curve in BC, we are still far from returning to life or work as we knew it before COVID-19. In fact, the need to manage in a pandemic environment will persist even after the state of emergency is lifted. I expect that COVID-19 will continue to impact our business, including how, where and when we work for the short term, near term and long term.

These new realities require us to take a cautious and long-term approach to planning for an orderly reintegration of those employees currently working from home. We must also consider multiple factors beyond our control, including access to child care, transit services and other practical needs. While there are still many unknowns, and still many discussions to be had and decisions yet to be made, I wanted to share with you what we are doing now and what we know today.

To further inform our thinking and planning, we will be sending out a short survey to gain insight from employees currently working from home. Look for that next week and please take a few minutes to complete it when you receive it. Everyone’s individual circumstances are different, and we want to make sure we have as much insight as possible.

Until then, as always –

Mark Lamarre
Chief Executive Officer, Seaspan Shipyards